• OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Alaska Airlines is calling in an exterminator after the company says a rat boarded one of its planes at Oakland International Airport in California and forced it to cancel the flight. The airline says passengers were boarding the Portland, Oregon-bound flight Tuesday when the rat jumped from the jet way onto the plane.
Passengers already on board came off, and the plane was taken out of service. Most of the 110 passengers scheduled to take the flight were rebooked on a later flight to Portland. Alaska Airlines says it will resume using the plane when a professional exterminator certifies it is rodent-free. The aircraft will also be inspected for any damage.
Gavin: This boarding process has become a real “rat race”.
Wyatt: It seems that “rodent class” has been added to first and business class.
Gavin: I suppose they get “cheese” instead of pretzels.
Wyatt: The passenger seats are truly getting smaller.
Gavin: Let’s hope the airline doesn’t start allowing “squirrels” on planes.
As a new day in a new year dawns, Gavin and Wyatt look out into the future.
“If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.” ~ Winston Churchill
“If you are going through hell, keep going.” – Winston Churchill
“For myself I am an optimist – it does not seem to be much use to be anything else.” –Winston Churchill
Today… the 29th of December, on the day preceding the next to last day of 2017 as the daylight fades down the channel, Gavin and Wyatt take a moment to reflect.
Lady Macbeth: Macbeth Act 3, scene 2, 8–12
How now, my lord, why do you keep alone,
Of sorriest fancies your companions making,
Using those thoughts which should indeed have died
With them they think on? Things without all remedy
Should be without regard: what’s done, is done.
Duke Senior: As You Like It Act 2, scene 7, 120–126
True is it that we have seen better days,
And have with holy bell been knoll’d to church,
And sat at good men’s feasts, and wip’d our eyes
Of drops that sacred pity hath engend’red;
Macbeth: Macbeth Act 5, scene 5, 19–28
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
per CNBC (and Doggedly Yours) news staff ……
American Airlines: ‘Only a few hundred’ flights during the holidays lack pilots (or dogs) after a scheduling glitch
American Airlines says pilots (and dogs) are stepping up to the plate (or dog food bowl) to take unstaffed flights (or obedience competitions).
A scheduling glitch (nearly an event disqualification) gave too many American Airlines pilots vacation (or nap time) over the holidays.
The airline offered the pilots 150 percent of their hourly pay (or extra biscuit treats).
Hello Fellow Americans,
As Donald Trump proclaimed on Twitter:
Time Magazine called to say that I was PROBABLY going to be named “Man (Person) of the Year,” like last year, but I would have to agree to an interview and a major photo shoot. I said probably is no good and took a pass. Thanks anyway!
Sure… just like they called Gavin and Wyatt,
but discovered they were dogs not persons and they would have to agree to obedience training and a major gun dog shoot. They said probably a bark and took a piss. Woof anyway?
Elected as the sixth President of the United States, he also served as a diplomat, a Senator, a member of the House of Representatives, lawyer, author, and farmer, John Quincy Adams was born on this date in 1767. A playlist of one-hit artists celebrates the many hits of Adam’s life on Crosscurrents 7/11 at 8 a.m.
INDEPENDENCE DAY ON CROSSCURRENTS, 7/4: The Continental Congress after numerous changes officially adopted the final version of the Declaration of Independence on this date in 1776. As Gavin and Wyatt watch, the Congress signs the Declaration. As you prepare for the Juneau parade, you can listen to the pre-parade Independence Day party on Crosscurrents, 7/4 at 8 a.m.
HELEN KELLER ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/27: Overcoming blindness and deafness to represent the invincibility of the human soul, Helen Keller was born on this date in 1880. Helen Keller serves as the inspiration of courage and you are invited to her birthday show on Crosscurrents, 6/27 at 8 a.m.
Looking to hitch a ride in Brian’s woody for some “love and mercy.”
BRIAN WILSON ON CROSSCURRENTS, 6/20: One of the great American composers in the rock era from his West Coast recording studios with smooth vocal harmonies and complex instrumentation, Brian Wilson was born on this date in 1942. Gavin and Wyatt are “stoked” to ride with Brian and so can you by simply tuning your radio to Crosscurrents, 6/20 at 8 a.m.